Earlier this year I was fortunate to see the London revival of David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at the Playhouse Theatre with an outstanding cast lead by Christian Slater. All of them signed sketches I did and have previously posted, except this one of Oliver Ryan… until now. Synonymous with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2009, the Welsh actor has played many of the Bard’s memorable characters, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Benvolio, Malcolm and Oswald on the UK and New York stages.
In David Mamet’s most famous and Pulitzer Prize winning play about testosterone-raddled real estate agents and the ‘excavation of the desperation that lies under the alpha male ego’, Oliver is Baylen, the police detective who spends most of the Second Act offstage in a back office interrogating the salesmen about their knowledge of a break-in. While he makes brief appearances on stage, his ‘presence’ increases the tension during the act as he seeks to find the culprit and make an arrest.
Oliver signed my sketch along with the rest of the cast at the stage door in January.
The latest London revival of David Mamet’s contemporary classic double-dealing real-estate drama GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS heads into its final week at the Playhouse Theatre. Playing Shelley ‘the machine’ (more accurately ‘has-been’) Levine is distinguished Irish actor Stanley Townsend opposite Christian Slater.
Having just played an American in the Minnesota-set GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at the Old Vic, before its transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre, Stanley was already vocally primed for the Chicago-based GLENGARRY when it opened last October.
Richard Jordan in his opinion piece for The Stage wrote, “when the Olivier nominations are announced in March I very much hope to see Stanley Townsend among the nominees… (who) gives a superb performance as Shelley Levine, the beaten-down salesman, clinging on to his job in a toxic workplace.”
Stanley signed my sketch for me a few weeks ago at the stage door after I was fortunate enough to see a Saturday matinee performance.
Trinidadian-born British actor Donald Williams graduated from The Drama Centre in London’s Kentish Town, taking the stage name Don Warrington. His professional stage debut was at the Hampstead Theatre in 1973, playing Philip Smith in Eric Chappell’s THE BANANA BOX, opposite Leonard Rossiter and France de la Tour, which transferred to the West End and then became the classic TV sitcom RISING DAMP, making Don a household name. Since then he has carved an impressive stage and screen career, including his role as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson in the hit BBC series DEATH IN PARADISE since 2011.
He returned to the stage in 2012 with the UK tour of DRIVING MISS DAISY with Gwen Taylor and the lead in KING LEAR at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2016, which theatre critic Claire Allfree wrote was a ‘heartbreaking tour-de-force,’ in the Telegraph. Don is currently appearing at the Playhouse Theatre in the absorbing London revival of David Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, playing the apprehensive George Aaronow, who has been left behind by the changes in the corporate world. Lacking confidence and self esteem he has plunged to the bottom of the heap in a ruthless hierarchical and cutthroat Chicago real estate office.
I met Don last Saturday when he arrived at the theatre for the matinee performance where he signed this drawing for me.
Christian Slater has returned to the London stage in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning study of real estate sharks, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at the Playhouse Theatre. He plays the cut-throat ‘schmoozer’ Ricky Roma, the ‘salesmen’s salesman’ to great acclaim. Christian signed an earlier drawing I did of him in the 2006 London production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST a few weeks ago and this one as Roma after last Saturday’s evening performance at the Playhouse stage door.
Popular British TV stars Robert Glenister and Kris Marshall join Christian Slater in the first major revival in nearly a decade of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at London’s Playhouse theatre. Set in the cut-throat world of a Chicago real-estate office, it’s a fast talking, expletive-filled depiction of sleazy salesmen scrapping it out. Robert plays the ‘spitting, hissing’, angry Moss and Kris is the uptight office manager, Williamson. I met both actors after last Saturday nights performance at the stage door, where they signed my sketch for me.